Jungle retreat Final Photos

Nicole, Jolyon and Leah all went in together a sweet little piece of property in the Prana del sol development in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua. To use as their vacation digs whenever any one of them came back down to Nicaragua, they needed a big communal space for entertaining and wanted a relatively open design to take advantage of Nicaragua’s offshore breezes.

A short distance from the beach and tucked back into the jungle with shady woods and a river in the back yard, this 1000 square foot house brings all the wonderful elements of the jungle inside, while keeping all the un- desireable’s out. With a small budget, we chose a very basic design and used local materials while keeping it all very simple. The house itself is made of brick with varnished plywood ceilings (a new modern trend), a giant bedroom, kitchen and tons of counter space with art studio-esque sealed and polished concrete counter tops.

The airflow is wonderful in this open air villa and the south facing large slate stone porch allows any one to do yoga with the warmth of the sunrise. Ben built a small bodega to store their surfboards and summer clothes when they are back in Canada and to house their washing machine and generator. With the economical cost of $55,000 USD it was affordable for the three parties involved to have their comfy vacation home in the tropics and close enough to town to have a good income rental unit as well.

Nicole's Nicaragua kitchen

Big, wide open kitchen with plenty of counter space and natural light

Hand crafted wooden cabinets and shelving with a rustic, polished cement counter top

Built with natural Nicaraguan materials, the patio is speckled with slate flag stone, polished and sealed and the ceiling trusses are made with termite-free Nicaraguan hard wood

Open air design to utilize the off shore breezes and a big patio for entertaining

The big, open bedroom has a back door to the jungle